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Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Top Three Workplace Injuries Resulting in Lost Workdays

June is National Safety Month, and the National Safety Council has launched an educational campaign designed to raise awareness of the volume of preventable injuries that occur on the job.  The numbers are shocking.  For example, every seven seconds a worker is injured on the job, which adds up to 540 injuries per hour, 12,900 injuries per day, almost 10,000 per week and approximately 4.7 million per year. 

Injuries suffered on the job have real consequences for workers, their families and the economy.  Approximately 99 million production days were lost due to work-related injuries in 2014 according to The National Safety Council.  The most common types of injuries keeping workers away from work included sprains, strains or tears, soreness or pain or cuts, lacerations or punctures. 

The top three workplace injury events resulting in lost workdays are:

  1. Overexertion (35% of injuries) due to lifting or lowering or repetitive motions

  2. Contact with objects and equipment (25% of injuries) such as struck by or against object or equipment; caught in or compressed be equipment or objects; struck, caught or crushed in collapsing structure, equipment or material

  3. Slips, trips and falls (25% of injuries) including falls to a lower level and falls on the same level

Workers' compensation is a mandated insurance program that provides compensation to employees who suffer job-related injuries and illnesses.  In Georgia, worker’s comp benefits are also available to eligible family members of an employee who suffered fatal injuries on the job.   For more information about worker’s compensation rights, contact Miranda N. Hanley at mhanley@smithwelchlaw.com or 770-389-4864. 

 


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